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Comment by Mary McGuire Smith on February 7, 2012 at 7:21pm

I would be very pleased if the members here would read my blog, and comment there if you would like. The current post is titled "Are You Serious?" There are older posts about buying horses, clinic etiquette, and other dressage topics. I post to it rather often, so if you would like to be informed about new posts, click on the "join this site" button on the right. I would be honored to have you join--it is free. :-)

Comment by Barnmice Admin on November 21, 2011 at 9:54am

Nice article and video in Eurodressage re: Satchmo's retirement

Comment by Barbara F. on April 17, 2011 at 9:34am

Really interesting article in Eurodressage today about Steffen Peters' secrets to identifying superstars.

Comment by Mary McGuire Smith on March 12, 2011 at 3:04pm
I saw his Freestyle ride last night--it was magnificent!  He totally deserved the score. Congrats to all the winners.
Comment by Barbara F. on March 12, 2011 at 1:04pm

Check out the great article and video on Steffen Peters' win in Florida yesterday!


Comment by Mary-Joe Figueira on October 12, 2010 at 5:43pm
Hi guys

Good points. I noticed that most horses, whether, warmbloods, lusitanos or PREs were all tense. One horse refused to go down the center line, another one spooked at the flowers. In venues such as these, there isn't a horse that is not tense. If you noticed all the other riders they kept the horses neck very curled up, which made me think whether it was more for control. Isabel's horse for example looked like he was spring ready to unfurl. She kept him very much under control. I did not think he had much elasticity. Fuego is very much a compact horse.

The reason he spooked at the end, was not because he was tense. It was because the crowd, did not give Juan a chance to halt. If you notice thier was no immobility. The crowd just roared and jumped up creating quite a noise, plus the fact that Juan, started waiving his hat around, just spooked the horse.

Although Toto, was by far the better horse, and I can't disagree with that, he did make a few slight "hiccups" and still got a 91% which means his marks must have been a 10. Isabel got a medal in the Olympics even though her horse started to "rear" at "C".

One has to live in another world not to see a complete biase.
Comment by Mary McGuire Smith on October 11, 2010 at 10:48pm
Yes, the loss of rhythm was minor, but coupled with the tendency throughout the test to be a bit tense and quick, by the dressage rules, would have dropped him out of first my opinion, of course. Don't get me wrong....I LOVE Fuego and Sr. Diaz (I hold Spain dear in my heart, having lived there as a child), but judging has to be as objective as possible--we can't have the pendulum swing so extremely away from the methods that we don't agree with, that the credibility of the judging suffers in another form! Two wrongs don't make a right. :-)
Comment by SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE on October 11, 2010 at 10:45pm
they were all magical to me
Comment by Mary McGuire Smith on October 11, 2010 at 10:22pm
Actually, Fuego lost the rhythm, more than the balance......
Comment by Mary McGuire Smith on October 11, 2010 at 10:19pm
I agree with Diana, actually. I loved Fuego's freestyle, as well, and there is not much to criticize, but he lost balance a couple times in the transitions into and out of piaffe, and could have been more relaxed and "letting through" for most of the test. The transitions are, of course, very closely judged.
It is difficult not to get swept up in the excitement, and all of the rides were awesome; we all have our own sentimental favorites, and so no matter what, we will not all agree on "who won" the day! LOL
I was extremely happy with the NBC broadcast coverage (although NOT satisfied, as I think every moment of every event should have been broadcast, even if it was at 2am on Tuesdays! LOL).

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